She said he gave her the idea at a dinner party hosted by another former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, at the start of her State Department career, according to the soon-to-be-released Bill Clinton biography “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.”
Recently it emerged that in her July interview with the FBI, Clinton told investigators that she chose to use a private email server during her time at the State Department because Powell told her, at a dinner party, that that’s what he did when he was secretary of State. Last week, Powell released a statement saying that despite a report in an upcoming Bill Clinton biography, he does not recall advising Clinton to use her own email address for everything but classified emails. However, he did send her a memo saying he found it convenient to use his AOL account on the job.
The reported conversation was first brought to light in journalist Joe Conason’s upcoming Bill Clinton biography, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, in which the writer details a dinner party held by Clinton and attended by Powell, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger and Condoleeza Rice.